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Where did Argo? Ar went to Iran to Rescue Six Americans During the Iranian Hostage Crisis

In Movies on October 22, 2012 at 10:39 am

Argo tells the untold story of Tony Mendez, played by Ben Affleck who also directed this picture, who went into Iran during a period of time when Americans were sought out and hang and rescued Bob Anders, played by Tate Donovan, Cora Lijek, played by Clea DuVall, Joe Stafford, played by Scoot McNairy, Lee Schatz, played by Rory Cochrane, Mark Lijek, played by Christopher Denham, and Kathy Stafford, played by Kerry Bishe. These six individuals were working in the American embassy in Iran when the embassy was overrun and many of the individuals that remained were taken hostage. These six individuals needed to be rescued because they were no longer safe staying at the Canadian ambassador’s, Ken Taylor played by Victor Garber, due to the increased security in Iran and the Iranians had intelligence that told them that six individuals were missing from the embassy. In order to get these
“House guests” out, the State department had decided that they were either going to give them bicycles and have them ride from Tehran to Turkey or give them covers as Canadian teachers, or Canadian farmers who were looking to better Iran. These three options all had major holes; it was 300 miles to the Turkey, all the Canadian teachers had already left, and it was snowing in Iran so no farmers would be investigating growing options within Iran. Tony Mendez had another option and enlisted the help of Jack O’Donnell, his boss, played by Bryan Cranston who does so well within whatever role he is given, John Chambers, a Hollywood make-up artist, played by John Goodman, and Lester Siegel a big shot Hollywood director, played so damn well by Alan Arkin. Menedez’s idea is to create a fake production and give the six individuals covers as a  Canadian move crew who is looking for locations to film the science fiction action flick “Argo”. Their ideal location is the Middle East where there is plenty of exotic individuals and desert, or in other words Iran.

Phew, that was one hell of a plot summary. First off, this movie was great. It was suspenseful and included some phenomenal performances. Alan Arkin as Lester Siegel, unforgettable. All of his lines appeared to be authentic as if he truly was the character. He just became the crotchety old-time director who was going to get things done and lie if he had to. Heck, its Hollywood, everyone lies. Bryan Cranston also did a great job in this movie and I could see him channeling some of his inner Walter White during certain interactions he had when time was of the essence. Another individual who was worth mentioning was Scoot McNairy. He was one of the individuals who did not trust Mendez but in the end came to respect Mendez and even take certain actions that helped ensure the safety of the entire group.

This movie was fast paced and dramatic without being too much of either. There was no bullets flying or any love interest between Mendez and one of the six. It was true to form and very well done. Several people, including my girlfriend, were nail-biting and on the edge of their seat for the last half an hour of the film. But like I said before, it wasn’t like these individuals were being held above a pit of lava or firing off rounds as they ran across the runway, it was realistically suspenseful.

The only problem that I had with this movie, was that Ben Affleck was playing a Latino character whose picture you can see here. The casting for this movie was incredible and before credits roll you see the actual photos of the six individuals who were rescued as well as John Chambers and a few other higher-ups within the intelligence sector. Casting did an amazing job within this film to find actors who fit the bill and I wish Affleck took a step back and allowed casting to find that best actor to play Mendez. That’s not to say Affleck wasn’t good. He was, he played the brooding intelligent Mendez quite well but when a picture was shown of Mendez at the end of the film, it was shown so quickly that it appeared as though Affleck realized his mistake in allowing himself to play Mendez and not a Latino individual.

All in all, this movie was great and I think a contender for Best Cinematography and Best Adapted Screenplay. So go ahead and see it. You’ll love it.

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